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Inyo County Board of Supervisors Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Board of Supervisors Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge to Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!!! Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley issued the challenge at the beginning of last Tuesdays Board meeting in honor of his brother, Phillip Kingsley who was recently diagnosed with ALS.
Kingsley said, “My brother Phillip (age71) has been actively engaged in farming for the last nine years since his retirement as a Professor of Psychology at Bluffton College in northwest Ohio. He is the oldest of my 7 siblings and is truly a unique character who continues to provide our family with both inspiration and comic relief.”
The Challenge will take place before the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd at 8:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Historic Inyo County Courthouse. The public is invited to watch all five of the Inyo County Supervisors (Linda Arcularius, Rick Pucci, Jeff Griffins, Mark Tillemans, and Matt Kingsley) along with other elected officials – Sheriff Bill Lutze, Clerk Recorder, Kammi Foote, and Auditor-Controller Amy Shepard – as well as department heads and the County Administrator as they are doused with ice water. In addition to watching the Challenge, the public is invited to place bids for the opportunity to douse the volunteers; all proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association.
“I understand that there are many causes and situations that need attention,” said Kingsley. “But for me, the opportunity to highlight the ALS cause and the fact that my brother is suffering from ALS lead me to challenge the BOS. My motivation is really about my brother Phil.”
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.  When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them.  Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.
  • Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people.
  • The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis.  With recent advances in research and improved medical care, many patients are living longer, more productive lives. Half of all those affected live at least three years or more after diagnosis.  About 20 percent live five years or more, and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years.
  • According to the ALS website : As of Wednesday, August 27, The ALS Association has received $94.3 million in donations compared to $2.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 27). These donations have come from existing donors and 2.1 million new donors.
Bidding and donations will be accepted at and during the challenge, or to donate without attending the challenge please visit the ALS Association web site at www.alsa.org
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Bishop Resident in Custody with help of National Amber Alert

4-Year-Old Child Unharmed, Mother Faces Child Abduction Charges Upon Arrest

Press Release

Date of Event: August 21, 2014 at 12:35pm.

Type of Event: 278.5 PC- Child Abduction/Violation of a custody order.

Location: US Highway 95 near the Walker Lake area.

Suspect: SCHAT, Angel Jacoba. 43 year old female, Bishop Resident.

On Thursday, August 21 at 12:35pm, the Bishop Police Department received a request from Sean Singleton for a welfare check on his 4 year old son living in Bishop.

Singleton also told police the mother might be in the Reno Nevada area, and he believed she might be trying to leave the state.

The residence in Bishop where the mother and child were believed to be at was checked; it was determined no one was at the residence, and it appeared to be vacant. Bishop Police immediately distributed a “Be on the lookout” with local agencies; all counties within California, as well as neighboring states.

Further information was gathered regarding SCHAT, and it was determined the child may be in danger while in the care of his mother and she was not allowed to take the child out of Inyo County.

With assistance from the California Highway Patrol, the Bishop Police Department issued an AMBER Alert for the blue 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by SCHAT, Angel Jacoba.

Information was sent nationwide regarding the child abduction.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was also notified.

At 5:21pm, we received information that SCHAT might be at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport in Reno Nevada.

Video surveillance showed SCHAT, and the 4 year old child leaving the airport in the blue Chevy Silverado in an unknown direction of travel. At 7:34pm; the Chevy Silverado was possibly seen in Lee Vining, California; but the vehicle was never located.

At 8:40pm, the Bishop Police Department received notification that SCHAT had been located on US Highway 95 around the Walker Lake area.

Mineral County Nevada Deputies received a 911 call from a subject who was behind the Chevy Silverado and deputies were able to stop the vehicle. SCHAT; reportedly resisted arrest and deputies had to use force to subdue her. A plastic toy handgun was also located inside the vehicle.

SCHAT, Angel Jacoba was arrested on child abduction charges as well as possible new charges with Mineral County Nevada.

The 4 year old was unharmed and was taken into protective custody.

SCHAT will be extradited back to Bishop as soon as possible and will be charged with 278.5 PC- Child Abduction/Violation of a custody order and 273(a) PC-Child Endangerment.

Angel Schat
Angel Schat

4-Year-Old Child Unharmed, Mother Faces Child Abduction Charges

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Bishop / Child Abduction / Amber Alert / Charges / Custody Violation / Child Endangerment / Eastern Sierra / Bishop Police Department

Bishop Resident Rebecca Bragdon Pleads Guilty

Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

August 21, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s office announced today that Bishop-area resident Rebecca Bragdon has entered pleas of “guilty” to misappropriation of public funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

The pleas arose from charges that she embezzled funds from the Fairgrounds when she was employed as an office manager from July 2012 through July 2013. The matter was originally investigated by the Inland Division of the California Highway Patrol.

Ms. Bragdon plead guilty to violating Penal Code section 424, commonly known as misappropriation of public funds, and Penal Code section 470, commonly known as forgery. Both charges are felonies.

Restitution was also set in the case at $25,979.82. Sentencing has been set for October 22, 2014.

Under the terms of an agreed disposition, Ms. Bragdon may be ordered to serve up to one year in the Inyo County Jail and will be placed on five years of formal probation. Probation terms will include requirements that she pay restitution and be subject to search for stolen property, as well as any other terms as may be deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

By entering the pleas, she will also be barred from holding any public office. The term of incarceration will be determined by the court at the time of sentencing.

Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to District Attorney Tom Hardy at 760.878.0282 or 760.873.6657.

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Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

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Inyo County / Bishop / Tri-County Fairgrounds / Public Funds / Guilty / Rebecca Bragdon / Restitution / Inyo County District Attorney’s Office

Bishop Airport Layout Plan to be Detailed in Public Meetings

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

Three public forums to discuss Bishop Airport Layout Plan:

On August 25 and 26, Inyo County Public Works (ICPW) will be participating in a series of public meetings to present the details of the Bishop Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to interested community members.

The Bishop ALP builds upon the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan, prioritizing several key infrastructure improvements and upgrades discussed in the Master Plan.

Earlier in July, Clint Quilter, ICPW Director, discussed the potential availability of federal and state funding to develop and implement the ALP at both the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Recently, ICPW has been presenting details of the ALP to elected officials, community service providers, and other local leaders, and is now excited to offer a multimedia presentation with details of the ALP and host question and answer and open comment sessions at three public forums.

On Monday evening at the Bishop City Hall starting at 7 pm; on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence at 11:30 am; and on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm at the Sierra Life Flight Hangar at the Bishop Airport, ICPW and Wadell Engineering Corporation, the expert airport consultant in charge of developing the ALP, will make a 20 minute presentation with slides and photos.

Afterwards, the public is welcome to ask questions, express support, and/or raise potential concerns.

“We’re are aware that people have busy schedules and wanted to give community members a few different options, in terms of time and place, to weigh in on the ALP,” said Quilter. “So far the reaction we’ve received has been very positive and we’ve received several letters of support for the project. At these public meetings we’re hoping to hear from all interested parties.”

The Bishop Airport is a vital part of the community that receives daily flights, both public and private.

Originally constructed in 1929, the airport currently has flights delivering express goods and mail, flights for emergency medical situations, firefighting flights, and private flights for pleasure, business travelers and airplane aficionados.

Today, 10 years after the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Bishop Airport Master Plan, the Bishop Airport is in need of critical, safety-related infrastructure improvements. In April of 2011, years of hard work between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came to fruition with the County obtaining an easement in perpetuity for all airport related use at the Bishop Airport from the City of Los Angeles.

The easement gave Inyo County property rights and permission to handle all improvements and upgrades at the airport and, in turn, paved the way for the County to apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding to implement the strategies laid out in the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan.

“We’re really focused on obtaining federal and state funding for the pressing, safety-related needs at the airport,” said Quilter. “However, we’re also keeping our eye on the bigger picture as we plan these improvements. We want to keep our options open to potentially provide expanded capabilities and improved services at the airport.”

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

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Bishop / Bishop Airport / Bishop ALP / Layout Plans / Inyo County Public Works / Eastern Sierra / Air Service / Master Plan

SAR Aids Injured Hiker at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 15, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake
On the afternoon of Thursday, August 14th, 2014, at approximately 2:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake.
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
A 32-year old female hiked to Arrowhead Lake were she sustained a leg fracture by striking a tree while swinging from a rope over the lake. Due to her leg fracture, she was unable to hike out. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the injured hiker.
Members from the SAR team, and personnel from Mono County Paramedics and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, hiked to her location, stabilized the fracture and transported her one and a half miles, using a wheeled litter, to the ambulance at the trailhead. The rescuers were also assisted in the carryout by a group of cross-country runners from California State University San Marcos. The injured hiker was transported via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for further treatment.

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

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Eastern Sierra / Mammoth / Search and Rescue Team / SAR Operation / Injured Hiker / Arrowhead Lake / Mono County Sheriff’s Department / Responds

Inyo National Forest on Revised Forest Plans

Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

 
The U.S. Forest Service today announced that in anticipation of releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) at the end of this month, it is scheduling a public meeting in Bishop CA:
§  6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA.
Meetings are also scheduled for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
The NOI will advise the public of the Forest Service’s intent to prepare and develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.  The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency’s proposed action.  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, which was completed in 2012.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.
Next month’s public meetings are part of the “scoping period” which gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before the Forest Service begins drafting the document, and to provide written public comment regarding the NOI’s purpose and need, and its proposed action.
For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at:www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning.
For Inyo National Forest specific information, please contact Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.
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Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

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Inyo National Forest / Public Meeting / U.S. Forest Service / Bishop / Eastern Sierra / Revised Forest Plans / Planning Department / Land Management / Tri-County Fairgrounds

The Reds Win 2014 D-League Softball Championship, Bishop

City of Bishop Congratulates 2014 D-League Softball Champions, the Reds

The City of Bishop Community Services Department would like to congratulate the 2014 D-league softball champions the Reds.

The Reds had a season record of 10-0, sweeping through the playoffs and the championship game.

In the picture from Left to right:

Darren Spoonhunter, Jon Frankson , Willie Falck, Jordan Frankson, Dena Mason, Hannah Frankson, Cienna Martinez, Earl Lent 3rd, Teehena Duckey, Wade Williams, Lisa Weaver, James Napoles

2014 Softball Champions

 

City of Bishop Congratulates 2014 D-League Softball Champions, the Reds

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SAR Team Aids Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

Search & Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 13, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to lost hikers near Red’s Meadow
On the evening of Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, at approximately 5:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding two lost hikers out of Red’s Meadow.
Two hikers were on a day hike from Red’s Meadow to Rainbow Falls. On the return trip from Rainbow Falls to Red’s Meadow, the hikers took the wrong trail and became lost. One of the hikers was diabetic and did not bring any medication on the day hike.  The hiker was beginning to feel chilled and other negative effects of the diabetes, and since they were lost, wasn’t sure how far they could continue hiking. The other hiker had cell phone reception and was able to call 911 and give their location near Pond Lily Lake, about 5 miles south of Red’s Meadow.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the lost hikers. Six SAR team members staged at Minaret Vista. Due to the medical circumstance, and the hikers remote location, attempts were made to get air support for the rescue. A 551 helicopter from Yosemite National Park was available to assist the SAR team. The helicopter crew was able to fly to the hikers location, land and transport them to the SAR base at Minaret Vista. The diabetic hiker was assessed by Mono County Paramedics and required no further medical treatment. The hikers were taken to their vehicle parked near Mammoth Mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team reminds anyone traveling in the backcountry, even if just for a day hike, to always be prepared and carry adequate supplies, including any medications. It is important to be aware that is might take search and rescue teams time to come to your aid if you are lost, injured or ill.
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Search & Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

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Search and Rescue / Operation / Lost Hikers / Red’s Meadow /Aid / Mono County / Eastern Sierra / Mono County Sheriff’s Office

City of Bishop Mourns Loss of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

The Inyo County coroners office confirms retired Judge Patrick Canfield passed away Tuesday. Just prior to noon yesterday, Canfield, age 67, was involved in a minor traffic accident and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, Canfield was driving eastbound on west line street near Grandview drive when, “Due to a medical Problem” lost control of the vehicle striking a utility box and wooden fence.

Canfield’s wife, Dori was a passenger in the vehicle and was not injured. Judge Canfield was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital by Symons ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead.

Canfield served as a Judge in Inyo county for over 20 years. When reached for comment, current Judge Dean Stout said, “The death of Pat Canfield is a devastating loss, he was a phenomenal Judge, a mentor, and a close friend.” Prior to serving as Judge, Canfield also worked in the Inyo County district attorneys office.

Services are currently pending.

 

Update: A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.

 

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

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City of Bishop v. David Buckingham Reach Settlement

Buckingham Agrees to Settlement in Suit Against City, Bishop

The city of Bishop and David Buckingham have reached a settlement agreement. Buckingham was a finalist for the city manager position, a position that eventually went to local resident Jim Tatum.
The Agreement indicates that the city considered hiring Buckingham as its administrator, but ultimately decided to hire another individual. Buckingham claims he was employed by the city, disputing the cities right to hire the other individual and not hire him.
In the agreement, the city agrees to pay Buckingham $ 38,000.
The agreement indicates that the city and Buckingham agree to not make statements to the media.
The settlement agreement was finalized Monday.

Buckingham Agrees to Settlement in Suit Against City, Bishop

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Bishop / Eastern Sierra / City of Bishop / Lawsuit / Settlement / Agreement / Employment / City Manager Position / Inyo County